Verdigre flood book

STUDENTS FROM Verdigre wrote a book about the historic flooding that struck their town. They will be selling autographed copies at the gazebo on Main Street before, during and after the parade on Sunday during Kolach Days.

VERDIGRE — When it comes to first edition books and limited editions, the prices for the books sometimes end up being quite high.

That might be the case for some third- and fourth-graders at Verdigre Public School, who wrote a book that contains their personal stories, poetry and some photos of the March flood here in Verdigre.

The students are having the local newspaper print 50 copies — just as they have it set up — for them to sell on Sunday, June 16, during Kolach Days. The Verdigre Eagle donated the time and materials for the book.

Inspiration for the book came when the elementary students attended the Young Authors Festival in Wayne last April.

Bev Krutz, a second grade teacher who also is in charge of the Accelerated Reading and Title I programs, served as their guide.

She said the students spent their lunch hours writing and learning about the writing process and what goes into writing a book as they ate.

They poured their hearts into the project and their original stories and poems quickly took the shape of a finished product, one in which they were involved in every process along the way and one they could set up "just how they want it," she said.

As an example, the students left room on each page for note-taking and the back of every page is blank to allow for pasted news articles.

"I am so very proud of these students," Krutz said.

The students will be selling autographed copies for $20 at the gazebo on Main Street before, during and after the grand parade.

The students who took part were Lillian Swoboda, Emmarie Pavlik, Riley Miller, Landyn Frank, Nora Kucera, Kara Kucera, Sydney Kumm, Kaydence Jones and Beckett Wessendorf.

The students enthusiastically undertook this laborious project with the intention of donating 100 percent of the profit to charity, which they will determine later, Krutz said.

Depending on its popularity, they might also need to order a second printing.

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